If Gandalf isn’t the wisest character in the history of novels, then I don’t know who is. Okay, Atticus Finch might give him a run for his money.
I just love Gandalf. His wisdom, patience, his incredible display of force when needed, and his discernment of when to use said force.
He’s one of my favorite characters, and I think that’s because a lot of what he says ties in to my faith and personal beliefs.
This passage from The Fellowship of the Ring is a good example. He’s responding to Frodo, who questions why Gandalf didn’t kill Gollum when he had the opportunity. Read more
What is it about these verses that send shivers down my spine?
Have I become a Lord of the Rings fanboy?
I mean, I’ve always loved the books. And I thought the movies were amazing. I’ve watched each of them 3 times.
And this verse just makes me giddy. It’s so good, so perfect, and such a great setup for the entire story. Read more
I don’t know what to do with The Death of the Heart.
It’s a novel that lulls me to sleep, then quickly pulls me back in. It’s a novel with little action and large amounts of character development. I’m still not sure how I’ll rank The Death of the Heart when I review it next week.
If you’re looking for a glowing review of the novel, check out Charlotte Freeman’s take at The Rumpus. She calls The Death of the Heart “the last book she loved,” and has this to say about it. Read more
As I’m wrapping up The Death of the Heart—I know, it’s taken me forever—I’ve noticed how uncomfortable I am reading teenage love stories.
This one tells the story of Portia, a young 16-year-old girl who moves to London to live with her brother and his wife, only to fall in love with an older 23-year-old creepy guy who is a friend of the family. He’s essentially the early 20th Century of a frat boy douche bag. Read more
I try my best to be fair about the books I’m reading. After all, if I’m reading through all 101 of these novels, I want to do everything I can to enjoy them. Otherwise, it would just be a waste of time.
I started off my experience with The Death of the Heart by sharing the novel’s opening with you guys. The large majority of responses, including my initial impression, were negative.
But, hey, that’s just one paragraph of a 450 page novel, albeit an important one.
Anyway, what else is in store for you in the first 150 pages of The Death of the Heart? I pulled together from of my favorite passages to counterbalance all the negativity toward that opening paragraph.
Here are a few: Read more
I read through your comments on Tuesday’s post in which I gave you the opening to The Death of the Heart and asked for your thoughts on it.
A few highlights: Read more
Today’s post is simple.
First, read the opening paragraph to The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen. Read more
One of the many things I love about reading through the Time list is the opportunity I’ve had to read a lot of groundbreaking fiction.
Many of these books were the first of their kind. And if they weren’t the “first,” they were at least the books that made the genres popular.
Red Harvest absolutely fits into that mold. If you read this novel without context or background, you might think it’s just another detective novel—like thousands of others. But Red Harvest is so well done, so before its time, that I believe it sets itself apart even if it was written 10 years ago instead of in 1929. Read more
As you read this opening paragraph from Red Harvest, I want you to imagine listening to a “wise guy” private detective talk out of the side of his mouth. You see? Read more
I will review Possession on Tuesday.
Until then, every word I write on this blog zaps any potential energy I could use to write that review. How I do dread writing that review.
Consider this an off-day courtesy of A.S. Byatt. New post tomorrow.